With the 63rd pick overall, the Seattle Seahawks have selected Virginia Tech DE Darryl Tapp.
Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 252 40: 4.87 Year: 4Sr
Bio: Two-year starter who posted 48/14.5/10 last season after 60/16.5/8.5 the prior year. All-Conference selection as a junior and senior.
Pos: Hard-working defender who plays with great energy. Fast off the edge and makes plays down the line of scrimmage. Gets leverage on opponents playing with good pad level and is rarely off his feet. Works his hands throughout the action, displays balance and body control. Immediately alters his angle of attack or changes direction.
Neg: Undersized, can be controlled at the point or removed from the action by fullbacks. Takes wide angles around opponents to avoid blocks altogether.
Analysis: An intense defender with great work habits, Tapp is best suited as a one-gap defensive end or rush linebacker. Lacks the eye-catching size/speed numbers but his production on the field is impressive.
DOING THE MATH:
Combine - 40-Yard Dash: 4.83. 20-Yard Dash: 2.85. 10-Yrd Dash: 1.66. 225 Lb. Bench Press Reps: 27. Vertical Jump: 33. Broad Jump: 9'1 ". 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.48. 3-Cone Drill: 7.32
Pro Day - 40-Yard Dash: 4.80.
THE .NET REPORT
Scott Eklund: The Hawks have solid defensive ends in Bryce Fisher and Grant Wistrom. Fisher showed that his 2004 season wasn't a fluke by posting nine sacks in his first year in Seattle. All that being said, they still needed a speed guy to come off the edge (something that Fisher and Wistrom are not) and Tapp is that guy. He was ultra-productive in an aggressive defensive scheme at Virginia Tech and he's relentless. At barely 6'2", Tapp can get under the pads of the offensive tackle and he has the strength to push the blocker back into the quarterback. I love this pick.
Ryan Rigmaiden: The guy I thought we wanted all along was there and we pulled the trigger. I like his overall skill set, size and motor. I think he'll be a great addition to the DE rotation and that he should see significant time behind Fisher and Wistrom.
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